I've been thinking on getting a pop up blind for deer hunting. Been making my own gruondblind for concealment. Any one use them, any tips on there use.any luck using them. or should i just stick with making one.
I use both. In my experience if the range is over 50yds, pop-ups work fine. And they are wonderful for keeping the rain and snow off you. Lets face it hunting in a downpour or wet snow sucks.
Just make sure they're not sky-lined and I beg of you don't just plunk it down in the middle of an open field and think you're fine. Set it next to a tree (better yet - behind a tree) or in some tall grass to break up the outline.
If you're situation calls for close shots, unless its there PLENTY early for the deer to get accustmoned to it (like AT LEAST a full week); or you hunt it the night you set it out before they know its there natural blinds work better for me inside 50yds.
"Brushing in" your blind is a myth...they will notice it sooner rather than later if for no other reason than the inexplicable suddenly strong smell of sap and the shiny new broken branches in the area; the sweat you'll leave behind etc etc.
Also...some mature deer will just plain be spooked by the sight of them - especially a deer that had a close call with one. They didn't live that long to get that big by being stupid afterall.
As for makes/models...if you plan to set out and leave it "cube styles" are the best. They have more room and if you make the choice to use one you might as well be comfortable. Avoid the smaller ones (teepee style or outhouse) as there are issues mnvring your rifle around in them.
I have 3 and are all dome style (2 Ameristep doghouse and 1 Easton). I like them and reccomend them, as long as you understand their limitations. The BIGGEST mistake I see is people leaving their windows too far open or not using the shoot-through mesh covers (don't shoot through the shoot through mesh either - BTW). This creates a VERY conspicuous black spot that deer will notice. If you lose the mesh, use mosquito netting or (my preferrence - just leave your windows open a little crack since the mesh reduces my ability to spot that first flick of an ear when the first deer comes in) - any thing to cover up that black hole.
I prefer to hunt without one, but I always set one or two out for really nasty days and/or for longer, more open situations.
For Whitetails I hunt a lot around ag fields and like using the natural and already present stuff to hide me. Many fields have "islands" in them of trees, cattails etc that are great. Also using hay bales, ag machinery and anything else that is always there and big enough to hide me. Just my thoughts
Ag machinery...yep. Nothing like a cultivator with the wings up to break up an outline. Makes a great rest too. This past week on Wild TV I watched a bowhunter stalk a bedded mule deer by walking behind a moving tractor as it swathed the field.
Folks,This is gonna be a gross read - but it is worth it...Tony makes and uses this to great success... just look at the photo album I have posted here to see how well it works... let me say this, also - all of Tony's photos come from 2 small 250 acre tracts... you do not have to have 5000 acres to make this work.First - the gross part.. the recipe:In a gallon container, combine 2 finely pureed apples (complete apple), a cup of plain non scented ammonia and fill the container the rest of the...